A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It follows the the journey of Team Shuster as they seek to win another Olympic gold medal. Themes include perseverance, working hard, humility, and teamwork.
Positive Role Models
John Shuster continued to pursue his sport and be a better curler despite being removed from the U.S. national team and facing heavy criticism. His teammates have also overcome challenges throughout their careers. The team works hard, and works well as a team. On one occasion one member tries to be funny by telling a sexist joke (with little success).
Curling is a sport that features predominantly White players from different countries; Asian teams are also shown in archive footage.
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Religious epithets like "Jesus Christ" and coarse language like "damn" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
Athletic gear logos like Nike, Hardline, and Columbia, and Olympic sponsors like Omega, are visible on clothing and ice rink sideboards. Social media outlets like Twitter are discussed, and real tweets are featured, including some from celebrities like Mr. T and various U.S. athletes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking is occasionally (but prominently) visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that American Rock Stars is a docuseries featuring the 2018 men's U.S. Olympic curling team preparing for the 2022 Olympics. It's upbeat, and highlights the importance of hard work and perseverance, but there's some occasional strong language and sexist jokes, as well as some beer drinking. Social media outlets like Twitter are discussed. As is common for sports-related documentaries, logos for athletic gear and Olympic sponsors are visible on clothing and at venues.
Is It Any Good?
The upbeat series offers a classic underdog tale, highlighting how a group of ordinary American guys are doing great things in the sport of curling. It tells the backstory of the individual players, how they eventually came together, and how the team succeeded despite harsh criticism and other challenges they faced along the way. It also highlights how curling, a Scottish sport mostly associated with Canada, the Northern U.S., and Northern European countries, is now enjoying a rise in popularity across the United States thanks to their win. Adding to the fun is Nick Offerman's humorous, deadpan voiceover. American Rock Stars is a fun watch for curling fans, but even those who aren't will probably find themselves rooting for them.
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